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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-16-2007, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone into RAT bikes?

This is what I'm talking about...

http://ratbike.org/home.html

Big in Europe with metric bikes. Looks like fun to me ROAD WARRIOR time boys.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-17-2007, 10:24 PM
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I like the rat rod movement -simple, cheap, junk yard parts, no chrome, primer paint, "rust is a color". And I like rat bikes when they follow this same theme. What I don't care for is when some of "rat bikes" cross over into the "art car" type of thing where they decorate them with all kinds of junk. The link you posted show some cool ones, but I've seen some that were called rat bikes that were just downright hideous!

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imo a rat bike is like a bobber but look "cheaper." you can actually make a bobber look like its worth some money; however a rat bike is just a..... piece lol but yeah i wouldnt mind throwin 1 together just not gonna make 1 out of my bike

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"Into..?" No. But I like the overall concept, which from what I understand is just to make the bike "fit" you without spending any effort making it "look nice"....as in , need some saddlebags?..bolt on a pair of samsonite bags, they don't have to match....Need a radio mount?...use duct tape.
The "purity" is sublime, but I would not want to own one, as I am afraid I have "taste".....


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I just picked up a 49' panhead that I plan to leave rusty and ugly...it will be in fixed and running down the road it true rat bike form...duct tape and zip ties included.
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Well hell... I have a bike with rust... ammo can saddle bags... and trailer lights mounted to the saddlebags.... so I guess I'm riding a bit of a rat ;-)

Then again.... my bike does get a bi-monthly bath... (and I ride it daily)

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Then again.... my bike does get a bi-monthly bath... (and I ride it daily)
Does this mean you ride it in the rain twice a month to get some of the loose dirt off?

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Does this mean you ride it in the rain twice a month to get some of the loose dirt off?

Hehe... just about...

Though it rains more than that here. During this time of year I'm riding in at least mild rain at least once a week - and the bike gets a real bath (with pine-sol and water, finished with lemon pledge) every other month or so. Not really a point during the rainy season... ya get 'er looking pretty and she get's dirty all over again. When the exhaust is black it's time to wash the bike ;-)

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